RANCHO SANTA FE — Ranch resident David Wiemers has been writing for most of his life. While readers of the Rancho Santa Fe News rely on him to report on the local issues and happenings, they might not realize his talents beyond the newsroom.
Wiemers was born in Colorado and moved here to attend San Diego State in the 1970s. He did Broadway Dinner Theater for two years and at the age of 24, Wiemers started his own production company and sold a show to SDG&E and the city of San Diego.
The show, which focused on saving water and energy, toured all over San Diego and eventually all over the state.
Wiemers earned his BA in TV production from San Diego State and moved to Los Angeles and began writing for television.
He wrote spec scripts for “The Tony Randall Show” and “Rhoda.”
He was given as assignment on “The Tony Randall Show” and he said he was certain then that he had made it. But the show was cancelled before the episode aired and the next seven years were a struggle for Wiemers.
The next chapter in his varied career had Wiemers cast as one half of the “Fighting Couple.” Wiemers and a female actor were paired up and hired to attend posh Hollywood parties and stage a fight.
The duo became very popular and were even booked on “The Mike Douglas Show” to appear as husband and wife authors of a book on marriage who broke out into a fight on the air.
Their popularity eventually led to the demise of their act, as they became too famous to go unrecognized.
Wiemers soon got back into television production, producing “The Wuzzles.” He was also honored with the Humanitas Prize — an award for film and television writing intended to promote human dignity, meaning and freedom — in 1987 for his work on “Galaxy High School.”
Wiemers continued to work on shows like “Coach,” “Major Dad” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
He also worked on “Duck Tales,” the most successful animated television series ever up to that point, and on “Muppet Babies,” which led him to his first Emmy win of his five nominations.
Upon learning of his Emmy win, many people ask him where he keeps the statue. He keeps it in the bathroom to keep himself humble, he jokes.
Eager for a change of pace, Wiemers and his partner Paul Turner, an infectious diseases doctor, decided to leave Los Angeles behind for England’s Bourton-on-the-Water.
The couple purchased the local post office in the small town and eventually a café across the street.
The post office in England is a different animal than in the United States, and is open seven days a week, 12 hours a day and entails a total of 167 services including banking and taxes. Supervising a staff of 22 people, each getting four weeks of paid vacation a year, Wiemers and Turner found themselves working nonstop just to cover the staff’s time off.
In December 2007, ready to come back to the U.S., the couple moved to Rancho Santa Fe. Why would such an accomplished television writer and producer want to work for his local community paper? Wiemers said he figures there is no better way to get to know his community. He said he has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Rancho Santa Fe and its residents and recently joined the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.
Next up for Wiemers is his book “Night of the Jackdaws,” which is set in England and aimed at fans of the “Harry Potter” series. He is also working on a new animated television show called “The Baritonios,” which is a spoof of the mob.
So next time you see David Wiemers around town, feel free to approach him to say hello. He’d love to meet you.
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